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sharpton starts right now. thanks, chris, and thank you foruning in. tonight's lead, the secrets of mitt romney. governor romney's release of her 201 # 2011 returns have raised more questions to his murky financials and now he's got a paul ryan problem. the 2010 remarks paul ryan made says that one of the main investments mitt romney has is a way to, quote, hide money. >> we don't want to have a situation where we're penalizing businesses for keeping their money, their capital, and their headquarters and their manufacturing facilities in america. so rather than having ireland and the cayman islands be the place where you hide your money, why don't we make it america? >> the place you hide money? don't believe your ears? let's play it again, sam.
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>> so rather than having ireland and the cayman islands be the place you hide your money, the place you hide your money, the place you hide your money -- >> so even paul ryan, his own running mate, says using the investment vehicles romney uses is a way to hide his money, as in hide it from tax laws. ryan shows why this issue won't go away for romney. the returns tell the tale of a man who's made nearly a quarter of his income last year from foreign investments. according to the tax policy center analysis of the documents revealed that. they also expose his hypocrisy. in a new ad, mr. romney accuses the president of shipping jobs to china. but he fails to mention that his own portfolio included investment in a chinese oil company. this is a candidate who's paying
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an effective tax rate of 14.1%, which is about half. half what the average worker pays and, yet, when asked if this is fair, here's his response. >> you paid 14% in federal taxes. that's the capital gains rate. this is fair to the guy who makes $50,000 and pay the higher rate than you do? >> it is a low rate and one of the reasons why the capital gains tax rate is lower is because capital has already been taxed once at the corporate level, as high as 35%. >> so you think it is fair? >> yeah, i think it's a right way tone courage economic growth to get people to invest, to start businesses, to put people to work. >> and that is plain as it can be paying less than a secretary or a guy working on the line is fair.
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investing in china helps create jobs here. stashing money in the cayman islands encourages growth in our country? i don't think so. and mr. romney's problem is that neither does his own running mate. >> so then rather than having ireland and the cayman islands be the place you hide your money, the place you hide your money, the place you hide your money -- >> that's the romney problem. 43 days from election day and time is running out. joining me now is dana milbank, columnist for the washington post. thanks to you both for being here tonight. michelle, let me start with you. governor romney thinks his tax rate is fair. how do you think that will play with voters? >> look, the only thing that
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people hate more than paying taxes is the idea that someone is getting away with not paying their fair share of taxes. this is exactly what his campaign was trying to avoid by not releasing these return and now they are going to have to answer a great deal of questions about not just anything that people find questionable but also about things that are perfectly legal but that people are going to find distasteful. >> now, dana, we just played obviously a tape of his running mate, paul ryan, his running mate for vice president in a speech he made in 2010 specifically saying that the cayman island is where people go and hide money, something that mr. romney does. how does romney record sell out when his own running mate has said that this is what people do? >> in fairness to mr. romney, he also hides his money in other places like the bahamas or switzerland. you know, what seems to be the larger indictment here is not
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that romney is not paying his fair share but under our absurd tax code, that's what people consider to be fair. it's not that something illegal happened here. the scandal is entirely illegal. in fact, it look like he paid more tacks than he had to so his real rate wouldn't be 11%. and then you have him on record defending the way -- >> that's the point, dana. certainly i wasn't saying that he was doing something that was illegal. >> exactly. right. >> when he says it's fair, that he's paying a lower rate than 60% of americans and even though his wealth makes him part of the 0.0025% s. it fair? it's legal but is it fair? >> exactly. >> and he's advocating this. >> right. and that is sort of the definition of scandal in
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washington. it's not what is illegal. it's what is legal. here is something that is legal but patently unfair and that's what rils voters. not did mitt romney make a few extra bucks from the president, he just happens to be an example of that. >> now, michelle, one of the other things is that based on all of this, based on an obvious situation now between his vice presidential candidate, those words in 2010, just two years ago, and his deeds, you then also say, okay, what are your tax policies? if you think this is fair what you're paying but he won't even be specific about his tax policies. look at what he said in a "60 minutes" interview last night when he was asked specifically what his tax policies would be. >> well, that's something that congress and i will have to work out together. >> you're asking the american people to hire you as president
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of the united states. they say, here are some specifics. >> he will with, i can tell them specifically what my policy looks like. >> and the devil is in the details. what are we talking about? >> the devil's in the details snt angel is in the policy, which is creating more jobs. >> the devil is in the detail, the angel is in the policy that i won't tell you until i get an offer. which one is right? he has a lower percentage of taxes than 60% of americans. he's in the top 0.0025% of wealth in the country. don't you feel comfortable with that, michelle? >> between now and election day, we're going to see how many ways there are for mitt romney to say, none of your business what i plan to do. it will be a stretch but he's going to have to come up with a lot of different ways to say
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them. >> it is amazing. dana, do you think that with this little time left, can he sell this to the public? can he continue to do this? >> that's exactly the problem. he has not gotten specific about t he tells us that he loves snooki and chocolate milk and george clooney movies but he won't tell us what he's going to do in afghanistan and more relevant he won't tell us what he's going to do with his tax policy. i don't see how you can say that and get away with it. it becomes about him. in the absence of having some sort of tax policy, he comes out and criticizes investing in china within a two-week period of him did i vesting of his own interest in china. that's why the focus has been on his own investments because he's
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not giving us details about what he's doing for the rest of us. >> michelle, even saturday night live got in on it. watch this. >> paying a 14% tax rate so just a little less than what restaurants add on for parties of six or more. the 14% tax rate that romney paid is less than the 20% paid by the average american. how did he pay such a low rate? he claimed 47% of american as dependents. >> that's a good line, michelle. >> it's so easy to spoof because all of his gaffes and all of his troubles have fed this single narrative which is that he's this very out of touch wealthy guy who can't relate to the rest of america and doesn't really understand how it operates. you know, the 47% people went crazy with because it suggested a fundamental disconnect. >> all right. dana milbank and michelle, thank
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you both for your time. the romney team arrives today in ohio to fight for their key state. don't worry, the obama campaign was there to greet them. >> i'm not fighting just on behalf of workers or businesses or rich or poor, the 1% of the 99%, i'm feeting for american values. they belong to all of us. plus, ann romney lashing out. it's getting ugly. and first lady michelle obama's speech out on the fight for voting rights. you'll want to hear this one. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. >> this is the movement of our era, protecting that fundamental right, not just for this election but for the next generation and generations to come.
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when all else fails, get on the bus. they kicked off the romney/ryan three-day bus tour in the swing state of ohio. the campaign is trying to refocus the message. yes for the 20th time. but just take a look at that bus. guess what greeted them when they got to ohio? watch this. >> romney attacked 47% of americans who pay no income tax, including veterans, elderly, the
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disabled. >> my job is not to worry about those people. >> doesn't romney have to worry about everyone? >> the latest polls show president obama with a five-point lead over romney. no republican has ever won the presidency without winning ohio. so republicans are getting very nervous. one week after this secret tape revealed, mr. romney's calling half the country freeloader, the romney team is trying to retool and having been given that huge political opening, the president continues to hammer away. >> we've always said in this campaign that change takes more than one time. it takes more than one president, more than one party. it can't happen if you write off half the nation. enough fighting to create democratic jobs or republican jobs. i'm fighting to create american
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jobs. i'm not fighting for schools in red states or blue states, i'm fighting for improved schools in the united states. i'm not fighting just on behalf of workers or businesses or rich or poor, the 1% or 99%, i'm fighting for american values. they belong to all of us. >> the romney team leads more than a bus trip to turn this campaign around. joining me now is joe madison, nationally syndicated radio host of morning with madison and patricia murphy, editor of citizen jane politics. thank you both for being here. >> thank you, reverend. >> thank you. >> patricia, hearing the president there, has mr. romney served him an issue on a platter? >> he has served the president a number of issues on a platter but absolutely. it's the economic issue that
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romney has really handed over to barack obama and this was an area that the romney campaign really felt like they were going to be strongest. we've seen in ohio, just like the rest of the country, ever since the democratic convention, president obama has started to pull away from mitt romney in ohio and in the country. it was the bounce that he got from the democratic convention and also really the bounce that he's been getting from these gaffes and they are just not random things he shouldn't have said, they are keyed up on the economy and on fairness and those are the issues that the obama campaign wants to be playing on. so every time that mitt romney says something like this, we're starting to see the president pull away from him just slightly and now he's starting to build up a pretty significant lead. that's why both of these campaigns are going to be in ohio this week. if you can move in the ohio in the country. >> let me show you something very interesting in polling. among white working class
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voters, in the south, romney leads president obama by 40 points among might working class voters. in the west, he leads the president by five points. in the northeast he leads the president in that area by four points. but in the midwest, president obama leads romney among white working class voters by 8 points. that's very significant, don't you think, joe? >> you know, you're in brooklyn and i'm in dayton, ohio. i grew up in the midwest. i went to school in the midwest. i worked in detroit most of the early part of my adult life. remember, this is the mitt romney who said the automatic industry just go bankrupt. when you look outside of detroit, of course, michigan but ohio depends on those jobs. as a matter of fact, throughout the midwest, most of the jobs,
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whether it's the automotive industry or not directly, there are indirect jobs related. glass, plastic, rubber, you name it. textiles, so that does not surprise me. because i think what white, working class, particularly men, understand, i would rather have a black friend in the white house than a whiten me and i've raised that question with unions i've spoke to. you've got to ask yourself that question. you my understand. labor has a friend. working people have a friend in the white house. they do not have a friend with mitt romney. >> well, patricia, staying on that for a minute, also in the area of health care, something that i think people are getting beyond a racial divide because we all are concerned about our health and insurance.
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now, in the "60 minutes" interview with romney last night, he was asked about the role of government when people don't have health insurance. this is what he said. >> we do provide care for people who don't have insurance, people -- if someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die. we pick them up in an ambulance and take them to the hospital and give them care. >> now, you put that together with what he said in 2007 and in an interview with glenn beck, this is what he said then. >> when they show up at the hospital, they get care. they get free care paid for by you and me. if that's not socialism, i don't know what is. >> so taking care of people is socialism. is this also part of the problem with working class people now seeming to go away from him? >> well, i think the reason that that comment on "60 minutes" is
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so important, he does not sound like a man with a plan. that is not a plan to take care of people who are uninsured, is just to send them to the emergency room. that's the problem right now and that is why states are going broke, because it's the most important way to take care of people and it's also just not a very compassionate way to take care of people. you let people go to the emergency room, instead of having a doctor's visit when you could take care of the situation well in advance. not only does it sound particularly incompassionate, it is not a good way to plan to run the country. obama care, listen, not very popular in ohio. states in the midwest. he ran into a lot of problems there, getting a lot of push back and mitt romney when he criticizes the health care plan but doesn't offer a health care plan of his own, that's when he continues to get into trouble. we've heard a lot of criticism but not a plan of how to solve the problem. that was an example of last night, highlighting the problem,
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reinforcing the problem, but how are you going to solve it? we have not heard that. >> but the romney care in massachusetts and it wasn't around emergency rooms then. so what are we looking at here? >> well, what we're looking at our seniors getting smart. one, i'm going to repeal obama care. well, okay. so he doesn't say what part. is that the donut hole? seniors are going to pay thousands more? what are you going to do? they say, well, 35 to 54, we'll take care of these folks but, wait a minute, if you're 35 and 54 chances are you've been paying into the fund that takes care of medicare. so what happens to that money? you know, i've said it on my show today, seniors are not turkeys that would vote for thanksgiving. they are not going to vote against their own self-interest
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and the fact that he won't come up with a plan. this is a man who's probably never been to an mnl room and doesn't know what it's like to have to sit there sometimes for hours, hours in order for a medical -- to get medical attention and that's what people are responding to. >> joe madison, patricia murphy, thanks to both of you for your time. >> thank you. more trouble in romney land. conservative critics didn't take the weekend off. first, ann romney came out swinging and today paul ryan showed it's getting to him. you're watching "politicsnation" on msnbc. ♪ i'd do anything for you, dear ♪
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welcome back. we've watched some pretty ridiculous attacks on president obama. his latest one is really out of this world. ryan was in florida this weekend blasting president obama over the space program. >> he has put in the space program on a path where we have conceding our global position as the unequivocal leader in space and that's unacceptable. >> that's unacceptable. wait, did i just hear and since
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when does paul ryan care about the frontier. he voted against and requiring more funding. and trying to have it both have except for all of the spending that he voted for. and he hated the stimulus, except when he wanted stimulus money and repeatedly slammed the sequester cuts in the budget he voted for. mr. ryan, we've got a problem. did the republicans think we wouldn't call him out on his latest out of this world
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well, let's see. the leaves are falling. temperatures are falling. romney's poll numbers are falling. it must be autumn. >> it might be funny but it's true. it is autumn and governor romney's numbers are falling. everywhere. on medicare. the president leads mr. romney by nine points. on foreign policy, nine points. on the economy, more american are with president obama. a five-point swing in the last month. and president obama's up 45 points with latino voters. he holds a 19-point lead with
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women. and the conservative pundits are in an uproar. >> this is a nightmare of a campaign when he says he has no need to turn this campaign around and and this election is in the last four years, a muddy verdict and a financial meltdown, the obama team has turned that around. if they go back to reminding people for the 5,000th time that, guess what, the economy is not great. >> their core problem was carefulness, inability to focus on their own essential meaning and communicated to the american people. >> inability to communicate to
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the american people, a nightmare campaign. ann romney took on the critics. >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it, get in the ring. this is hard. >> and now paul ryan is taking a swing. "i think that's just what conservatives do by nature. i think that's just the nature of conservative punditry, is to do that to kind of complain, about any anything they might just see." it's getting ugly. joining me now is abby huntsman, introducer of huff post live and a daughter of former republican candidate jon huntsman and erin mcpike, political reporter for real clear politics. thank you both for being here tonight. abby, let me start with you. you're a republican. what's your response to the criticism of the romney
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campaign? look, he's in a really tough position. the party is very divided. we all know he's not winning on the electability factor, the relate ta built factor. where he does have room to grow is the substance. he's going to have to win the substance debate and that means he needs to win on the economy and national security. right now he's losing both of those and that -- >> why do you think he's losing? why has he not been able to make ground? >> he has no substance. there's not a detailed plan. i was just in the cab recently and i said, who are you voting for this time? he said, i want to vote for romney. he's a governor, businessman. i don't know what he's going to do, though. he's not offered me an alternative plan that is better than the last four years. >> erica? >> the problem is, in certain states, voters are already voting. i've talked with a lot of democrats today -- >> through early voting? >> yes, through early voting and it starts in ohio in just six
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days. romney doesn't have a lot of time to turn the ship around. a lot of republican strategists, in fact, are concerned that the bottom is falling out as some of the senate races because they can't count on mitt romney's coat tails. >> that is true. let me go back to you, abby. he got some good advice or bad advice depending on how you look at it from, of all people, sarah palin, who in an interview with the weekly standard she said, i'm quoting her, with so much at stake in this election, both mitt romney and paul ryan should go rogue and not hold back from telling the american people the true state of our academy and national security. go rogue? do you think that's an answer? >> and then she gave a wink. clearly that did not work for her. be personally, i would like a little spoon nate tea. do something to surprise us. she says, romney needs to look
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in the mirror, find his soul, i know it's in there somewhere and do something that we're not going to be surprised by. >> obviously i'm not in the same party and percent situation but your father took some very courageous stands, afghanistan, same-sex unions. do you think romney has the ability to show that kind of courage? >> the debate right now would have been very different but we're not there, we're here. like we said, there's not very much time left. i think after the debates le show more substance, le show his plan, a detailed plan. >> erin, even wisconsin governor scott walker, hero to the right, expressed his concern about the romney campaign on fox news yesterday. let me show you this and get your reaction. >> i think you've got to get off the hills and got to get out and charge forward. americans want a fighter. he needs more of an opportunity to get beyond the side bar
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issues that are are districting from the plan that he's got to help the middle class and help people move forward and i want to see more passion passion. >> i want to see more passion, fire in the belly than romney chances are in jeopardy. i'm reading the quote from them. the history of presidential elections suggests that a generic incumbent president leading by four points with 49% of the vote in late september probably has a 80 to 85% chance of victory. >> yes. look, this election was supposed to be a lot harder for president obama than it was but it may just be that president obama could win every single state that he wanted with the exception of indiana. north carolina is still very much in play. it's statistically tied and
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marco rubio will be campaigning. it seems that all of these states are in play and president obama is leading. >> he's been very lucky. >> he has been very lucky. he's one of the luckiest politicians there is. yes. >> the president is holding a solid lead in key swing states. colorado, 50-45, wisconsin, 50-45, iowa, 50-42. ohio, 50-43. i mean, is it luck or is it that the president has been able to get his message out there and romney has no record to get out there, no plan to have a record? >> well, the ohio case is very interesting because ohio has lost two electoral votes since the last election. there's been a lot of population loss. it's not a blue we are state than it was before. however, a lot of that state does credit president obama with turning that economy around. he's using that.
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>> you also have to make a point that people don't like change, whether it's a new job or going to a new state. if you're not going to put a better alternative plan out there which i don't think romney has done yet, it makes it very challenging and also people vote on their emotions. >> this affected your dad, abby, a lot of money out there that we thought would make a difference. billionaire casino magnet sheldon adelson has donated a record amount. it reports that he is the first person to spend $70 mill yeb by election day. we thought with all of this money behind romney that would make more of a difference. >> and i still don't think we should underestimate the money behind the republican party. that being said, people still vote with their emotions. that's the number one reason people vote for a candidate.
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if romney does not connect with people emotionally, i don't think any amount of money would be able to save him. >> abby, i agree. i think people vote with their emotion and intellect. if they don't have a plan for the ibt elect, i don't know what you've got left. abby huntsman and erin mcpike, thank you for your time tonight. >> thank you. american jobs available right now. but companies are having trouble filling them. our education nation guestsville a plan to fix it. and first lady michelle obama takes on the fight for your voting rights in a passionate speech you'll want to see. [ male announcer ] the perfect photo... [ man ] nice! [ male announcer ] isn't always the one you plan to take. whoa, check it out. hey baby goat... no that's not yours... [ hikers whispering ] ...that's not yours. [ goat bleats ] na, na, na -- no! [ male announcer ] now you can take a photo right from video,
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"politicsnation." when it comes to american education grade, we are fair. 15-year-olds ranked 17th in science, 25th in math. 14th in reading. entering the job force not prepared to get a job. and those jobs are out there. there are job openings in america but 51% more than half of american companies can't fill those positions because our workers don't have the skills they need to do them. that's 3.5 million jobs left unfulfilled. it's an issue not getting enough attention in this election and it's an important one. regardless of what party you belong to, education is vital to the health of our nation and it's everyone's job to make a priority. joining me now is ceo of the apollo group owner and operator
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of the university of phoenix, the nation's largest accredited for profit college and a sponsor of education nation. thank you for coming on the show tonight. >> thank you for having me here. >> one of reasons we're having you on the show is you wrote a report focusing on these problems on the skill gap. >> yes. >> what did you find out? >> well, what we did was go off the business leaders to talk to them about why do we have this issue with 3.5, some estimates as high as 7.5 million jobs in this country not being filled when you've got over 8% unemployment. and what you begin to realize is over 80 million don't have a bachelor degree and they don't all need one but they have to have the skills applicable to do the jobs of today. when i sat down and talked with various companies, you realize that jobs have evolved in this
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country. they are coming into your homes and setting up networks. it's customer service -- >> who did you interview for your report? >> a number of different city -- a fair number of ceos and we put a handful, from jeff from the ceo of manpower to stewart living. it was a wide range and we put a hantdful of examples in this report. >> now, one of the ceos that you interviewed that gave a perspective said, quote, today our higher education systems fails to help people develop skills. i think it is astounding how little investment we make in different skills. >> yeah. >> and i think that was from marsha silverman of ogilvy. the thing that struck me about this statement -- you know that i'm very much supportive of teacher unions and a lot of what
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is going on. but i'm also very troubled that we're not giving to people that i care about in communities that need skills. and i think this is what you're addressing. how do we deal with the two where we don't dislodge concerns for workers rights, teachers and others, but at the same time address the skills problem that not only the private sector have but people in communities need those jobs and the skills to get those jobs? >> absolutely. we all need to pull together to do that. here's the key. we've left millions and millions -- tens and millions of americans behind. if you look at the cross-section of america today, there's many in the country who think that little john me march is off to school and roots on a football team for four years. and here's the reality. over 70% of people don't have that opportunity. they have families, jobs, they might be in their 30s or 40s.
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life got in the way along the journey and you have to make education ap cable to them. that's the majority of americans. that's what we've been focused on for 40 years. we need to come together and bring education to the jobs of today. we'll close this gap if we do this. >> a lot is spending. when you look at the household education on spending, asian countries spent 15% on supplemental education, things like tutoring. u.s. only spent 2%. >> correct. yeah. and that's an issue today. you can look at whether it's south korea, various countries in asia or other areas of the world. look at what is happening in brazil and india. countries are starting to spend more of their income, their household family income on education. let me give you an interesting statistic. >> all right. >> from 1870 or '80 to 1950, we
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added a year of education. do you know what has happened since 1980 on, we've stag nated. that's why we led the world in education. that's why we had such great success and growth this this country. when you look at china, india, brazil, others, they are spending on education. whether it's focused on the post secondary, i think it's led by education. we need to get refocused and get these 80 million americans some type of education. again, it doesn't have to be the post secretary level. we've got to give them hope along the way and we can do that for various different occupations. >> you mentioned post secondary. when the un of phoeniversity un
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phoenix got started, there are people that you are servicing that no one could question that a lot of people never serviced. people that were not coming right out of school, going to college the first time. reaching people that a lot of people have marginalized that have to be served. >> that's what's going to change the gdp of this country. it's estimated that we lose 400 to $700 billion a year in gdp because we've left that segment behind. the founder of the university of phoenix was a teacher at a school in california. a college school. and basically had friends say, we're line workers but we can't get to school. then he started online and e-books. we have to use technology to reach people and have it apply to them to get the jobs and
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serve the jobs today so we can close the jobs in this country. >> greg, it's a conversation that we'll keep having. i promise you. we'll really need to get into this thank you for your time tonight. we'll be right back. she said i had to go to the doctor. turned out i had uterine cancer, a type of gynecologic cancer. i received treatment and we're confident i'll be fine. please listen to your body. if something doesn't feel right for two weeks or longer, see your doctor. get the inside knowledge about gynelogic cancers. knowing can make all the difference in the world.
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on this day 55 years ago president dwight e. eisenhower used the federal government to protect the rights in this country. on september 1957, nine black students were to attend central high school in little rock, arkansas, as part of a federally mandated desegregation effort. more than 1,000 people protested the enrollment outside central high and governor oroville ordered the national guard to
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block the students from entering the school. so on september 24th, president eisenhower sent the 101st airborne division to arkansas to protect the little rock nine and to assure they attended the class. the heroic nine students protected that right. she fought off girls trying to burn her alive in the bathroom. elizabeth was spat on by older women during the protest. all nine were subjected to insults and slurs. the national media attention might have saved their lives. >> the presence of the reporters was probably what prevented her from being brutalized more than she was. >> because the media saw


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